Wellington, Jan 24: Former captain and director-general of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Javed Miandad, has called up the present stock of Pakistan players to learn from the professional attitude and behaviour of Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
Rather than letting their on-field performance speak for them, Miandad feels that the players are happy to brag about their performance in media.
"We keep on reading and hearing about some of the players making claims about how they will deliver, but on field that is not happening and it is a big letdown for the nation. I would advise them to just focus on their game and go for improvement and take every match seriously. The players need to realise cricket is played on the field."
Miandad drew attention to the fact that Tendulkar stayed modest to the media while boasting only with his bat.
"They should learn from Sachin who has had a wonderful career and scored century after century but one never hears him making tall claims about his performances or achievements. He is a proper professional and someone our players can learn from," the veteran of 124 Tests insisted.
Miandad also called on captain Shahid Afridi to take more responsibility as a player and lift the team by example and said that the all-rounder has got enough amount of talent and he should chanelise it properly.
"He shouldn't be playing the way he is. Imran Khan is a great example of how a captain should perform. Imran lifted the team in the 1992 World Cup. Afridi needs to start doing that himself. He did it during the World T20 Championship, so he is perfectly capable of delivering," Miandad said.
Persuading the players to take the current one-day series against New Zealand seriously, Miandad said, "Unfortunately, what I noticed was that the players didn't appear serious about their business in the first match in Wellington' they took things lightly. In international cricket, this is not acceptable."
Pakistan, who are currently engaged in an ODI series against Kiwis, failed to replicate their performance in Tests against the hosts and lost the series opener by nine wickets after being bowled out for just 124 runs in 37.4 overs.
Miandad added that it was imperative Pakistan perform well in the one-day series versus the Kiwis in order to take some momentum into the World Cup.
"It is important for the players to realise that once they get into a losing streak, it will be difficult for them to come out of it in a high-pressure event like the World Cup," the former batsman cautioned.